Benjamin Schneid

Summer 2014

Year: ILR '14

Cornell Activities/Groups/Affiliations/Leadership Roles:

  • Social Chair, Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity
  • Played in a band all four years at Cornell and organized a concert to benefit the relief effort after Hurricane Sandy
  • Wrote for the Cornell Daily Sun
  • Played on the club baseball team

Project: Harry Van Arsdale Internship

Describe your research project: The research I am currently conducting is in memory of a great leader by the name of Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Specifically, my topic for research investigates labor and community alliances with regard to Van Arsdale's work and the contemporary working environment.

hat have you gotten out of the experience so far? Thus far, my experience has given me the opportunity to interview prominent leaders in the New York labor movement. This special opportunity has given me incredible insight into the labor movement functions and has served to contextualize the knowledge I have gained studying Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell.

Why might other students be interested in pursuing this opportunity? Students who are best fit for research fellowships at the Worker Institute are those who are interested in social justice. If you are motivated by the plight of workers to make a lasting change, then this fellowship would really interest you.